Navajo Nation lawmakers put at least a temporary halt to a tentative agreement with owners of the Navajo Generating Station about extending the plant’s site lease.
At issue is whether the membership of the team that negotiated the deal complied with Title 18 of the Navajo Nation Code.
Title 18 provides guidelines on how seats on the team must be distributed.
Anthony Peterman, energy policy advisor for the Speaker of the Delegation, said he thinks Title 18 is being used as a technicality to buy delegates more time to review what was done by the negotiating team.
He said the resolution was rushed through the negotiating process in order to work with the timeline NGS owners had been given by the Environmental Protection Agency.
He said plant owners had also sweetened the pot by offering a $1 million bonus if the agreement could be finalized by the end of February.
“The legislators want more information and more time, they want to feel the negotiating team got the best deal for the nation,” Peterman said. “As a policy advisor, I listen to what they are not saying, and what I hear is they want this to move forward, they just want to make sure it is a good deal.”
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